Feb 7, 2023

Mawazo Writing Africa

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These are the provinces where more people are unemployed than working

While SA’s unemployment rate recorded an overall decline for the first time in almost two years, several provinces recorded elevated unemployment rates of over 50%.

The latest data from Stats SA, released on Wednesday showed the unemployment rate fell to 34.5% in the first quarter of 2022 from a record high of 35.3% in the fourth quarter of 2021.

This came after jobs were created in manufacturing and mining and the government employed more people through its public works scheme.

It’s the first drop since the second quarter of 2020, when lockdowns prevented jobseekers from slowing the spread of Covid-19.

According to the latest data, an estimated 370,000 jobs were created between the fourth quarter of 2021 and the first quarter of 2022.

The largest job gains were in municipal and such cial services, manufacturing and trade.

Despite the 0.8% drop, however, the data showed that the Eastern Cape, Mpumalanga, Limpopo and KwaZulu-Natal re corded unemployment rates of over 50%.

The four provinces also had a difference of more than 15 percentage points between the unemployment rate and the official unemployment rate.


“African American women are associated with a Unemployment rate of 40.6% in the first quarter of 2022 most at risk. That’s 4.1 percentage points higher than the national average for women of 36.4%.

“About 3.8 million (37%) out of 10.2 million young people aged 15-24 were not in employment, education or training (NEET). The overall NEET rate increased by 4.6% in Q1 2022 compared to Q1 2021.”

In a statement, Employment and Labor Minister Thulas Nxesi depressed despite the modest decline in the official unemployment rate cautious optimism.

The marginal drop in unemployment was still “stubbornly high”.

He said the South African economy needed robust and sustained economic growth.

“The ministry, through the Unemployment Insurance Fund’s Labor Activation Program (LAP), has taken a strategic direction that training for the unemployed should be demand-driven and lead to employment at the end of the training period,” Nxesi said.

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